West Seattle, Washington
Tonight’s toplines in the virus crisis:
NEWEST KING COUNTY NUMBERS: From the Public Health daily-summary dashboard:
*8,559 people have tested positive, 23 more than yesterday
*570 people have died, unchanged from yesterday
*1,505 people have been hospitalized, 6 more than yesterday
*111,291 people have been tested, 1,478 more than yesterday
One week ago, 8,277 people had tested positive, and 562 had died.
STATEWIDE NUMBERS: Find them, county by county, on the state Department of Health page,.
WORLDWIDE NUMBERS: See them, nation by nation, here.
MASK CHALLENGE: Even as reopening continues, health authorities urge everyone to wear a face covering when out in public. So the state has announced this:
Wearing a facial covering is one of the easiest, most effective things we can all do to prevent the spread of this virus. The governor announced the state has already made emergency distributions of more than 1 million cloth facial coverings with another 4 million masks on order. The state has teamed up with Restart Partners to launch the “Wear A Mask” Initiative and is asking Washingtonians to submit videos of themselves answering the question: “Why do you wear a mask?” You can learn more and participate in this effort by visiting restart.us/WearAMaskWA.
FIGHTING HUNGER: An additional summertime benefit will be available for families of students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunch – here are the details.
…AND HOW TO HELP FIGHT HUNGER: Admiral UCC Church‘s next food drive is Saturday: “From 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. There will be a Food Bank barrel to collect food donations, under a canopy if it is raining, at the Admiral church with attendants to assist with the collection of food: non-perishable and canned food, pet food and cat litter, baking supplies, seasonings and herbs, bagged fresh produce or home grown organic vegetables.” The church is at 4320 SW Hill.
GOT INFO? Email us at email@example.com or phone us, text or voice, at 206-293-6302 – thank you!
A community-organized March for Black Lives took to the streets in White Center late today, starting with a rally at Greenbridge Plaza, then marching to the business district for a second rally, and then back to Greenbridge via Roxbury. For more photos, see our report on partner site White Center Now. Among the participants, a group that marched from Chief Sealth International High School – we stopped by while they were gathering:
WHAT’S NEXT: Still awaiting word on whether any West Seattle events are planned in conjunction with Friday’s general strike. We have heard from an organizer calling for a 2 pm Sunday (June 14th) march from High Point Community Center.
8:17 PM: Just got a call from neighbors of the family looking for Byron, missing about half an hour near 56th and Dakota. He’s in his 70s and has dementia; he’s white, with white hair, 5’9″, thin, wearing a red/white/blue collared shirt and tan pants. Police are searching too. If you see him, call 911.
8:20 PM: Good news! He’s been found, safe.
ADDED: The photo mentioned in a comment, published with the family’s permission:
From the Alki Elementary PTA – how they’re helping, and how you can help:
During these unprecedented times of true uncertainty, Alki Elementary has set out to shine the light on small businesses and families in need here in West Seattle. We have always relied on our community’s support to help us fund staff positions (counselor, nurse, and hourly staff) and programs within our school, and our community has never let us down. Now, our call to return that support is clear. We are filled with ideas and moving forcefully with meaningful action through our “IN communITy TOGETHER” initiative.
By way of our collective minds and hearts, we have already launched 3 separate efforts during this pandemic, honoring our mission to serve and support those our own neighborhood.
*Selling flowers for our local flower farmers on Mother’s Day was wildly successful, due to the synergy of teamwork. The idea lives on, as other schools have adopted our model and continue to host sales for Lee Lor Gardens and Blong’s Garden.
Currently, two more efforts are taking place.
*For Father’s Day we are supporting Husky Deli, The Beer Junction, and Safeway on Admiral as we sell pre-orders of DIY ROOT BEER FLOAT KITS for drive thru pick-up at Husky Deli on Father’s Day, June 21st.
*Lastly, our initiative to FEED THOSE IN NEED is the pride and joy of IN IT TOGETHER. We have partnered with the existing effort of local restaurants here in West Seattle (The Westy, Mission Cantina, The Bridge, Peel and Press, and West 5), as well as the Alibi Room at Pike Place Market to provide healthy meals to first responders, seniors, healthcare workers, and those experiencing food insecurities due to the pandemic. A $10 donation will provide one meal as well as support our local community needs through ALKI CARES FUND. Alki Cares supports families severely impacted by COVID19, providing them with groceries, supplies, and more. To date, we have provided 235 meals!
By Tracy Record
West Seattle Blog editor
The three-dozen-plus members of the West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force have begun their “long journey.”
That’s what one co-chair called it, as the group met for the first time via videoconference and phone this afternoon.
It was mostly a meet-and-greet session, devoted to introductions as well as a statement of purpose, underscoring that this group will be advising, not deciding. The major piece of new information presented by SDOT was the timeline/scenarios released separately, and reported here, during the meeting – basically, that we’ll have a new bridge either in mid-decade, or, if this one’s life can be extended a bit through repairs, early next decade.
First, here’s the meeting slide deck (also here in PDF):
(added Thursday) Here’s the meeting video:
SDOT director Sam Zimbabwe opened. “This is the top issue for SDOT,” he reassured everyone, “a huge undertaking and a complex set of issues.”
While the West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force is holding its first meeting, SDOT has published an update on potential timelines/scenarios – if the bridge is not fixable and has to be replaced, for example, a replacement could be in place as soon as 2024. The full post is here; below, key excerpts:
…To ensure that the public has a similar baseline understanding of the bridge and related work as the TAP and Task Force, we want to share with you an update on current bridge work and what it means, in the broadest of terms, for when and how we might restore travel capacity across the Duwamish. The estimates shared below reflect best estimates at this time and are very much subject to change as we continue to gather additional information. They are helpful, however, for showing where we are right now and what pathways and corresponding crossroads sit before us.
The first step to determining the future of the bridge is to complete testing and analysis to understand the condition of the bridge and how it continues to change.
We learn more about the bridge’s condition every day. This past weekend, crews suspended by ropes and safety harnesses descended from the edge of the bridge to drill precision holes in the concrete and collect core samples. The concrete samples, extracted from several locations along the superstructure, will be tested to determine how resistant the concrete is to corrosion.
Soon, we will have enough information for an informed discussion about whether to repair or replace the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge.
We expect to complete our analysis on the structural stability of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge in late June or early July. This information is critical to understanding whether repairs to the bridge are possible and provides important information needed to decide what is best going forward.
Our ultimate goal will be to restore the critical transportation connection of the West Seattle High-Rise Bridge as quickly as possible, in the safest, most effective way that puts the needs of the community and urgency of the situation front and center.
Critically, we will not be making this decision alone, and will work closely with elected leaders, partner agencies, our new Technical Advisory Panel of engineering experts, and the new Community Task Force representing affected communities in West Seattle and the surrounding areas.
While we do not have all of the information yet, we are beginning to better understand what tradeoffs and rough timelines could look like for repairing or replacing the bridge.
Just as we shared in April that we do not anticipate the bridge reopening in 2020 or 2021 if repair is possible, today we want to share what the corresponding timeline might be for replacement, should we collectively choose to move in that direction.
While we still do not know exactly how long it would take to repair or rebuild the bridge, and which path is best based on data and structural analysis, we do have a sense of the pros and cons of several options we want to share today, as we prepare to share a much more technical set of considerations in the coming weeks.
If repairs are feasible, they would take until 2022 at the earliest.
Repairs would potentially mean fewer lanes of traffic than the bridge carried before and would only extend the life of the bridge by approximately 10 years, when the bridge would still need to ultimately be replaced.
While these are some significant tradeoffs, this could also offer some big advantages. In addition to allowing vehicles back onto the bridge sooner, reopening the bridge for up to a decade could also give us more time to work with regional partners on the potential design, construction, and funding for a long-term solution to restore capacity across the Duwamish in a more deliberative fashion.
If repairs are deemed not feasible, constructing a new bridge could take, very roughly, four to six years (reopening approximately 2024 – 2026).
But then, the construction would be done, and the new bridge could last for 50-75 years, depending on what type of replacement option was selected.
There are many types of replacement bridges to consider, and the decision will likely depend on several factors including cost, timeline, and the health of the infrastructure around the current bridge. In addition to construction, the approximate four- to six-year timelines include public input, design, planning, and permitting.
Again, we will know more as to whether or not repairs are feasible later this summer, once we complete our analysis on the structural stability of the bridge. Any decisions before then would be imprudent, but has and will not preclude our efforts to prepare for all pivots that data might suggest.
In addition to completing testing and analysis, another immediate step for both repair and replace scenarios will be to stabilize the bridge.
We are continuing to gear up and prepare for the stabilization work that will be the essential next step for public safety, no matter what path is ultimately chosen. While we may be able to adapt and scale back some aspects our stabilization plans if we move towards replacement, we would still need to strengthen and support the bridge in order to safely demolish it prior to replacement work commencing.
This work will begin this summer and will likely consist of three phases …
Details on those phases, and what happens next, are in the full SDOT post. Meantime, we are covering the Community Task Force meeting, and will have that report later this afternoon.
Protests for justice and equity, against racism and oppression, continue around our city, region, and nation. Parents organized this rally lining Delridge at noon outside Louisa Boren STEM K-8, first of three events today.
Coming up: 3 pm student-organized event outside Chief Sealth International High School (2600 SW Thistle), marching to White Center, where the Community March for Black Lives will begin with speakers at Greenbridge Plaza (8th SW south of Roxbury) at 4 pm, heading toward downtown White Center at 5 pm.
We’re continuing to publish business-reopening announcements. Here are six more we have received, all in The Junction:
SKIN CARE BY CASEY (44th/Oregon): From proprietor Casey Rasmussen:
Skin Care by Casey will re-open 6/25 at limited capacity, following all guidelines.
FUNKY JANE’S CONSIGNMENT (California/Oregon): From proprietor Panida Vilaythong:
Now open! Temporary modifications below:
Monday / Tuesday Closed
Wednesday – Friday 12 pm to 6 pm
Saturday 10:30 am to 5 pm
Sunday 12 pm to 5 pm
As we ease into this new environment, FJC will not be accepting consignments at this time. As regulations change rapidly, we feel this will allow us to be as nimble as possible.
Fortunately, prior to our statewide shutdown, we transitioned into the Spring season! Our store is stocked with great inventory for your new Spring / Summer wardrobe! We look forward to seeing you again and rebuilding with your support!
As you read in our window, WE MISSED YOU!
DARBY WINERY (California/Alaska): From the new tasting room:
Darby Winery @ The Junction will be opening for tastings and bottle service/glass pours this Saturday, 6/13 from 12-6pm and Darby will be in the tasting room to greet guests this Saturday!
Our ongoing hours then will be TH-SAT 12-6 pm
Reservations are recommended as we have limited availability, reservations on the hour, every hour during business hours. We will have reservation capability directly from our website (setting up now) but to start, guests can email firstname.lastname@example.org OR call 425.233.7879 to reserve.
If you don’t reserve you can pop by and if we have an open tasting area we are happy to seat you! Don’t need a reservation to come get wine to go! Still pop in any time during normal business hours and pick up!
SPA PHOEBE (Fauntleroy/Edmunds): From proprietor Phoebe Lind:
Spa Phoebe has decided to fully open its doors again July 1st. We are open by appointment only Sunday-Saturday. 206-450-2761
MATHNASIUM OF WEST SEATTLE (Jefferson Square): From owner Juned:
Mathnasium of West Seattle is opening June 15th.
We will be offering online tutoring during 1 PM – 3 PM and 3 PM – 6 PM offering in-center tutoring.
We are very excited to start the center soon.
TERRY GANGON STATE FARM (4727 44th SW):
Terry Gangon’s State Farm office reopened on June 1st with masks required. Thanks, West Seattle for 40 years!!!
More updates ahead – email@example.com is the best way to reach us unless it’s breaking news (then text/voice 206-293-6302) – thank you!
Libraries haven’t reopened yet, but the Seattle Public Library‘s local branches are presenting this tonight, and you’re invited – just be sure to sign up ASAP!
Virtual Writing Circle with Hugo House: Seattle Writes
Wednesday June 10, 6-7:30 pm
Drop into a virtual writing circle, hosted by author Jeanine Walker, for writing exercises, motivation, and ways to connect with other writers. Registration required.
In this group, we’ll focus on generative writing through poetry prompts. The session will begin with introductions and a short warm-up, after which we’ll read two separate poems and write in response to those. At times writers will be invited to create community through sharing words or ideas with other writers in small groups. Attendees will leave the class with 2-3 new drafts of poems. Designed for all writers, this group supports poets as well those working in other genres, as the skills practiced in poetry can be thought of as “cross-training” for memoir and fiction, too.
Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Have a laptop or pen and paper — and be ready to write!
To receive the link for this event, please click here and select the red date you want to attend. Phone registration also available at 206-322-7030.
=(May photo courtesy Kevin Freitas, originally published on Twitter)
As we’ve mentioned several times, the new West Seattle Community Bridge Task Force has its first meeting at 1 pm today. From SDOT, here’s how to watch/comment:
This first meeting will be an opportunity for panelists to meet each other, establish some basic ground rules, and get a broad overview of efforts on the bridge, on the ground, and in the community. Then, next week, the Task Force will dive more substantively into the issues at hand.
Please use (updated link) this link to listen and watch the meeting.
Once the meeting begins, we will be provide a link to a comment/question form for members of the public and media. SDOT staff will be monitoring these comments throughout the meeting and will share them with the moderator and co-chairs as needed, and to all Task Force members following the meeting.
Here’s the agenda, which includes dates and topics for the next two meetings.
6:12 AM: Good morning – the 79th morning without the high-rise West Seattle Bridge. A road-work reminder – the Delridge Way repaving-and-more project has begun, with miscellaneous early tasks like tree protection; here’s our preview.
Now on to the cameras for the 5-way intersection, and the restricted-access low bridge just east of it:
The other major bridge across the river is the South Park Bridge (map) – this camera shows the SP-side approach:
Check the @SDOTBridges Twitter feed for info about any of those bridges opening for marine traffic.
Water Taxi – Reduced schedule continues
Trouble on the roads/paths? Let us know – comment or text (but not if you’re driving!) 206-293-6302.